Awesome, Excellent, It was very good and I enjoyed myself. I have attended AIA conferences since the early 80's and have not missed one. It is fair to say this was the best…. 5 star performance! As good as Safeskies….
These are just a few of the overwhelmingly positive comments we have had about our first Aviation Leadership Summit and AAA NZHA Conferences this year. Many delegates stopped by the booth to say how much they enjoyed the Summit and the new format. The buzz on the streets is great, with even those who were not able to attend telling us how great they heard it was. We are also hearing from past members who now want to rejoin based on what they have heard about the Summit and Aviation NZ’s new energy and direction.
From my first-hand experience, there was a huge amount of energy, enthusiasm and passion from all who were there. We had a record number of 240 people attending our Gala Dinner. That caused a bit of excitement for our chef as numbers leapt from 180 to 240, but in true Kiwi spirit, we made it happen in excellent style. The meal, wines, port and cheese described as outstanding, by many discerning diners.
We also had great press coverage
Therese Walsh in stuff
Alan Beck and Dick Smith
Media Release: New helicopter flight safety initiative announced
Media Release: Aviation Leadership Summit
Our keynote speakers were inspiring, stimulating and entertaining. You can view the keynotes and presentations Monday Tuesday
Photos of the entire event will be available next week (after photoshopping!). Many thanks to Clive Wilkinson for his dedication here.
Gala Awards Dinner
A wonderful celebration of all that you as our industry have achieved in the last 100 years and the last 12 months.
Aviation NZ Awards
Individual Award for outstanding contribution– Don McCracken
Company Award for outstanding contribution – Air New Zealand Group
Richard Pearse Award for Innovation - NZ AAA for the AIRCARE Programme
AEANZ Award – Bob Goding
ServiceIQ Award winners
Award for Skills Excellence, awarded to Mike West
Award for Excellence in Training, awarded to Aeromotive Ltd
CAA Flight Instructor Award - Jeremy Anderson, CFI Nelson Aviation College
Director’s Individual Award - Graham Leach
Director’s Organisation Award - Helicopters Otago Ltd
Our thanks to Air New Zealand for donating a mystery weekend, won by our very deserving Pam and Ken McKenzie, who will be heading off to Napier in the near future. Another surprise….a trip to Auckland to try out the 787-9 simulator with Dave Morgan, Chief Pilot of Air NZ, was won by Andy Stevenson.
Evan Gardiner, great nephew of Richard Pearse, was our guest speaker and entertained us with his stories of the early days of flying here
Charity Wine Action – Andy Stevenson
Best Trade Stand was won by CAA.
100 years of aviation quiz winner – Kelly de Lambert from Airways
Our Zest Food Tour, one of the world’s top ten walking tours for globetrotting foodies, was voted excellent by all who participated. photos
I tried to talk with as many delegates, sponsors and trades as possible during the event to get your feedback. Our survey results so far show excellent feedback. Please fill out our short survey, or feel free to email or ring with your feedback.
Our goal was to deliver an outstanding Summit and Conference, with brilliant basics and magic touches. Hopefully we achieved that aim. Thank you all for your support.
CAA Funding Review Updated
As directed by Cabinet in August 2012, the Authority is expected to provide advice on any recommended changes to existing fees, charges, and levies to the Minister of Transport by 1 July 2015. The review is to focus more on re-balancing the CAA's revenues than on increasing revenue. To enable that, the current funding review project is divided into two stages. The first stage is focused on the underlying principles of the Authority’s funding framework, and addresses the question, “Who Should Pay?”, and “How should they pay”, for the Authority’s services. The CAA is about to start discussion with the aviation community on Stage One of the review and will hold seminars between 6 and 15 August in six locations around the country. Submissions on the review close at 5pm on 25 August. Questions and answers to matters raised so far are now on the website. More info: http://www.caa.govt.nz/funding/index.html
Cricket World Cup
The ICC Cricket World Cup opens in Christchurch on February 14 next year. Great news for cricket fans – but great news for aviation too. This is the biggest event in NZ since the Rugby World Cup in 2011 – let’s make the most of it. http://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup
There will be thousands of fans travelling across the country to support their team – but also keen to have a New Zealand experience. Are you thinking about what kind of charter packages you could offer to these high net worth and other visitors? There’s a great business opportunity here. Over 1 million expected attendees and 1 billion TV viewers.
14 teams will be playing 49 matches over 44 days in 14 host cities across two countries. There are seven NZ host cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The opening game is in Christchurch, as well as a quarter and semi-final and the showcase NZ - Australia match in Auckland.
Have a look at the match schedules so you can see where people will be and when http://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup/fixtures . We are working with CWC NZ to create opportunities for NZ aviation to promote its products and services. More on this soon.
P3 Orion International Operators Support Conference (P3 IOSC) Atlanta, Georgia, 12-16 October
New Zealand companies can attend and showcase their technologies or services at the next P3 IOSC in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference is co-hosted annually by Lockheed Martin and an international operator country. This year it is New Zealand and the NZ Defence Force’s turn. There is an industry expo throughout, a number of networking opportunities and New Zealand will host a function to showcase our technology, culture and cuisine. NZTE is supporting the NZ presence. For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .